Navy Medical Appeal

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  1. I posted before about being denied entry due to bed wetting as a child, but can't find my original post so here I am >_<

    Hello there :) I was denied entry due to nocturnal enuresis as a child and because I surpassed the age of 10 with this, it is seen as abnormal. So therefor, resulting, in my current situation.
    I was told by my AFCO that I can appeal against the decision (I think the guy saw the reason of denial as a bit strange) so I followed the instructions of acquiring supporting medical evidence. I have got the evidence I need to basically inform CAPITA that there's nothing wrong with me Physically or Medically, as the Urologist has given me a clean bill of health. Anyway, I was told to write a cover letter basically saying "heres my evidence" but I would very much like to write it in a professional manner, as I have never done it before, please could someone with more experience help me out? :) - Much appreciated!
  2. Here's your original thread in case you wanted to refer to it.

    No need to overthink the cover letter too much, just use common sense. Write in a semi formal style at minimum (you can google online tutorials on that if you were not taught how in English), tell them why you are writing, include the reference numbers of any decision correspondence you received, and say what you are enclosing in the package in terms of evidence.

    Ninja, Nemesis or AngryDoc would be better placed to advise you of any specifics of the process of appeal you might need to pay attention to in the letter or supporting docs. If you are required to send originals, keep copies of everything, at least scan them to files.

    Best of luck with it.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You cannot appeal against a medical decision before you have been formally informed you have not met the medical standards for entry, usually by letter - after the medical examination, often after the Medical Examiner has gained all relevant information about a medical condition in your medical history.

    In cases such as the one you have mentioned, they will not just want the opinion of a urologist, they may well want to know if there are underlying psychological factors.

    The letter advising the individual of the outcome of their medical will advise the procedure for medical appeal if applicable - an appeal can only be submitted within 6 months. The Medical Examiner will advise the individual the specific reason for the decision with regard medical suitability and the circumstances, if any, which must be met.

    The medical standards cannot themselves be appealed against unfortunately. All too often people appeal because they simply don't agree with the medical standards, but they are non-negotiable. This means if a certain condition or treatment has ever occurred, then the circumstances unfortunately make the individual permanently medically unsuitable for service.

    Certain conditions can be appealed if they can be proven, with qualified supporting medical evidence, to have been misdiagnosed or treated incorrectly - the medical examiner will advise if this is practical in your case.

    The appeal letter should be sent to your AFCO, be polite, short & to the point, something along the lines of:

    Dear Doctor..........

    Reference: Medical Appeal 'Your Full Name" DOB dd/mm/yyyy

    Further to my Royal Navy Medical Examination at "time" on dd/mm/yyyy in London/wherever, I write to appeal against the decision regarding medical suitability for service.

    I enclose medical evidence from my GP/Consultant Specialist [in a sealed envelope with your name/DOB on the outside, with the words "OFFICIAL SENSITIVE PERSONAL, Medical In Confidence"] in support of my appeal with clarification of the specific dates and full historic detail and diagnosis of the condition including any relevant treatment or recurrence.

    Yours Sincerely

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  4. Thank you for replying to my post, guys.
    I received the letter of of the decision over a year ago, but as the appeal process is a lengthy situation, I've only recently acquired the evidence to support my appeal. (Mostly due to lengthy waiting lists at the hospital)
    I had a feeling that I would need to provide psychological clearance too, I haven't actually taken any action on this but if I am told I need to provide it, I will take the necessary actions to do so.
    I would just like to state that I have never been diagnosed with any sort of condition aside from the asthma as a child that the Medical Examiner has cleared. I have always believed that bed wetting was normal for kids, even though I was 13.. I was also bullied around that age, but that was years ago and I've gained so much confidence since then.
    Oh, I wasn't aware that it had to be submitted within 6 months.. It has been longer than this time period.

    Would my appeal be invalid due to it being over 6 months since denial?
    Would I simply, just be able to re-apply?
    If I did re-apply, would the AFCO cross-reference that current application to my previous one?

    Again, thank you very much for the replies. My frustrations are lowered when I know what I'm doing, thank you.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Assuming you still have the medical rejection letter, it will outline the circumstances and procedures under which an appeal is permitted. In the event you no longer have the letter, call your AFCO to ask for a copy of the original.

    Your previous application "end state" will indeed determine whether a new application can be considered.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2014
  6. Hi Ninja, do you know how long roughly it takes to receive the failed medical letter by post? I failed mine recently and am going to try appealing.
    Thank you..
  7. The RN is aware that somethings take time, so it would be worth submitting your appeal if you have all of the evidence.

    On bedwetting over the age of 10 isn't normally just a physical problem, but has a psychology aspect as well, hence the mention. Gainingnthis type of information can be lengthy, costly and not give the answer wanted.

    I wish you luck though, if you have any questions speak to the experts - your AFCO advisors.

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